Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age

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Taylor & Francis, 2012 - Photography - 456 pages
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Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age is a groundbreaking introductory book that clearly and concisely provides the instruction and building blocks necessary to create thought-provoking digitally based photographs. It is an adventurous idea book that features numerous classroom-tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators to encourage you to critically explore and make images from the photographers' eye, an aesthetic point of view.

Acquire a basic foundation for digital photography. Light and Lens covers the fundamental concepts of image-making; how to use today's digital technology to create compelling images; and how to output and preserve images in the digital world.
Explore the history, theory and methods of digital image-making. Light and Lens translates the enduring aesthetics of art photography into the digital realm. You'll view, capture and think about images from a new perspective.
Increase your ability to analyze, discuss and write about your own work and the images of others.
Learn with exercises and assignments by leading digital educators. Innovative techniques will train your eye to make the strongest visual statement.
Solve visual problems and overcome image challenges. Whether you use a digital SLR or a point-and-shoot camera, you'll get new strategies to master composition, design and light.
View the full range of the digital terrain with stunning images and commentary by over 190 international artists.

Robert Hirsch is a renowned photographer, educator, historian and writer. His book credits include Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Ideas, Materials and Processes; Exploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio; and Seizing the Light: A History of Photography. He has had many one-person shows and curated numerous exhibitions. Hirsch has also conducted many workshops and interviewed eminent photographers of our time. The former executive director of CEPA Gallery, he is now the director of Light Research in Buffalo, New York, and on the Visual Studies faculty of University of Buffalo/The State University of New York.

* Written by one of the top fine art authors of today, this book connects with the reader to peel away the layers to think deeply about photography * Exercises and assignments by leading digital educator are priceless; they send photographers on a personal journey that will end with a strong visual statement. * Inspirational imagery on every page-with a balanced mix of contemporary and historical work that teaches the photographer with real-art visuals

 

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Contents

A Concise History of Visual Ideas
1
Visual Foundations
33
Cameras Lenses and Scanners
63
Chapter 4 Exposure and Filters
125
Chapter 5 Interpreting the Light
161
Eyes Wide Open
185
Chapter 7 Time Space Imagination and the Camera
203
Where the Virtual Meets the Material World
259
Chapter 9 Presentation and Preservation
303
Chapter 10 Seeing with a Camera
331
Thinking and Writing about Images
357
Chapter 12 Photographer on Assignment
387
Protecting Yourself and Your Digital Imaging Equipment
423
Addendum 2 Careers
427
Index
431
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Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, and the Director of Light Research (lightresearch.net).

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